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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: Re: identical
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 17:54:31 -0000

How about:

Two objects are identical if when you change one the other changes as well.
I know that this is nonsense in normal every day terms, but people seem to
have been discussing here the possibility that two apparently separate
particles are really one and the same if certain physical conditions are
met. Given that you have two separate particle that you can somehow say are
identical, then it seems a reasonable test for "identicality" to change a
parameter of one and see if the parameters of the other change as well. I
know this isn't too easy since measuring anything changes it, but it may be
possible to devise at least a thought experiment along these lines.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz:  http://John.deRivaz.com for websites including
Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
Reeves - inventor, Arthur Bowker - potter, de Rivaz genealogy,  Nomad .. and

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